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tous-les-mois

[too-luh-mwah]
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noun
  1. a large-grained farinaceous food resembling arrowroot, obtained from a South American canna, Canna edulis, and used in baby food.

Origin of tous-les-mois

1830–40; < French: all the months, said to be by folk etymology from Antillean Creole toloman, of uncertain origin
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Historical Examples

  • The granules of tous-les-mois are readily distinguishable by their very large size (fig. 5).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6

    Various

  • Its globules are much smaller and less glistening than those of Tous-les-mois, or potato starch.


British Dictionary definitions for tous-les-mois

tous-les-mois

noun
  1. a large widely cultivated plant, Canna edulis, of the Caribbean and South America, having purplish stems and leaves, bright red flowers and edible tubers: family Cannaceae
  2. Also called: Queensland arrowroot the tuber of this plant, used as a source of starch

Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: all the months, probably an attempt to give phonetic reproduction of tolomane, from native West Indian name
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